Montgomery GI Bill
The current information disclosed on the millitary.com web page providing guidelines required for eligibility to utilize the GI Bill program says the following. " Individuals who serve a continuous period of at least three years of active duty, even though they were initially obligated to serve less, will be paid the maximum benefit. Benefits under this program GENERALLY ENDS 10 YEARS from the date of the veteran\'s last discharge or release from active duty, but some extenuating circumstances qualify for extensions. A veteran with a discharge upgraded by the military will have 10 years from the date of the upgrade. Enlisted service members processing at their first duty station (i.e., basic training, direct duty) are AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED!! " The guidelines goes on to say you have the first three days of boot camp to opt out on this if you choose to. After this time frame your pay is automatically deducted from your earnings for 12 months. Here is my concern. If this is something you PAID for why is there a 10 year expiration in the bill. There should be no time constraint on the program that renders the service member eneligible. You should have a choice to utilize the benifit you paid for. If the service is no longer available to the service member/ former service member the funds deducted from the service member/former service member should be refunded back to the service member who invested into the program. If you agree with this please voice your opinion by signing the petition so that I can forward this petition to our apropriate officials. Thank you.